As the temperatures rise throughout central Indiana, it’s important to find ways to keep your home cool and comfortable without breaking the bank. In this month’s edition of the Hoosier Blog, we’ll discuss some great HVAC money saving tips that will keep your energy bills low and your comfort level high. Keep reading!
Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer months can make a huge difference in your monthly bill. We’re not saying you need to turn your home into a sauna… just bump it up 2 or 3 degrees and leave it! The difference in your comfort level will be little, but the difference in what you owe to the power company will be big.
You should also consider using a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on your daily schedule and save energy when you’re away.
Proper maintenance of your air HVAC system is key. Regularly clean or replace your air filters to ensure optimal airflow and cooling performance. Schedule professional maintenance, or sign up for a professional maintenance plan (like ComfortGuard from Hoosier Indoor Air!) to keep your AC system running smoothly. The amount you’ll save over the summer from a well functioning AC system makes a service call well worth it!
A Breath of Fresh Air
Take advantage of nice breezy days to reduce your reliance on air conditioning. Open your windows strategically during cooler parts of the day to allow the air in. You can also use fans to promote air circulation, which create their own nice little cooling breeze.
Insulate Your Real Estate
Proper insulation is essential for maintaining a cool home during the summer. In the spring, ensure that your attic, walls, and windows are adequately insulated to prevent the cool air from escaping your home!
Windows play a crucial role in preventing heat gain. If you’re not ready to replace your windows entirely, you can install reflective blinds, shades, or curtains to help block out the sun’s heat. These treatments can significantly reduce the amount of heat entering your home, keeping it cooler and more comfortable.
Alternatively, choose energy efficient windows the next time you replace them. They will cost a bit more, but the amount of money you save from lower power bills will offset it over the years to come.
Manage sunlight and shade effectively to minimize heat gain. During the hottest parts of the day, close your home’s curtains or blinds to block out the direct sunlight. This is surprisingly effective at keeping your home cool!
Also, consider installing exterior shading solutions like awnings or shade trees to reduce the amount of heat reaching your windows.
Efficiency is Everything
Your electronics, appliances, and lights can all heat up your home. Whenever possible, opt for energy-saving equipment that produces less heat… and turn off the lights!
Use These HVAC Money Saving Tips!
All of these tips will decrease the workload on your AC unit and lower your energy bill. We hope you take these tips and run with them – and save some money while doing it! Have a great summer, Indiana!